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« on: June 25, 2013, 01:59:38 AM »
Does anyone else find that their anxiety levels are super high in the mornings? I mean the initial few seconds of opening your eyes after waking up? That's when I get my highest levels of panic.   Is there a scientific reason for this or is it simply because I open my eyes and immediately think.... omg. What is going to happen to me today?
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Re: mornings
« Reply #1 on: June 25, 2013, 02:07:48 AM »
Yyyyyyyeeeeeessssss! It takes me forever to even get going. My anxiety level is extremely high in the mornings. I take like 20 mins to do stretches. I guess the counting out loud helps me to distract my mind a little as well as loosen up my muscles...
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Re: mornings
« Reply #2 on: June 25, 2013, 02:37:18 AM »
Yes. It is the worst time for me. At my worst, I felt like I was running from a lion. Sweaty, heart beating out of my chest...it has improved as I've gotten better. I think some of it has to do with cortisol
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Re: mornings
« Reply #3 on: June 25, 2013, 03:08:12 AM »
Definitely!  I haven't struggled with anxiety in a while, but when I did, yep, mornings were terrible!
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Re: mornings
« Reply #4 on: June 25, 2013, 03:15:21 AM »
I'm pretty sure it's made worse by the fact that I've gotten it into my head that if I don't have a normal bowel movement within an hour or so of waking up then something is wrong with me.  It's like opening my eyes to instant panic every morning
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Re: mornings
« Reply #5 on: June 25, 2013, 03:17:15 AM »
Anxiety is usually higher in the morgnings, I cant remeber why but there is an physiological reason for it.   I always get this feeling of "remembering" my fears as soon as I wake up.  Its like a "this is really happening" feeling and it takes me a while to get over it.  It helps getting put of bed right away....
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Re: mornings
« Reply #6 on: June 25, 2013, 07:09:05 AM »
Yep. Currently experiencing the feeling now. Mornings are always the worst.
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Re: mornings
« Reply #7 on: June 25, 2013, 09:17:48 AM »
YES! For a while i would wake up and it would take me half of the day to calm myself down.
It was so frustrating because any time i would think i could start making progress, waking up anxious would just completely stuff that up for me.
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Re: mornings
« Reply #8 on: June 25, 2013, 12:41:34 PM »
Yes, I've been experiencing this too, particularly the past couple of weeks. I wake up in fear, and feel nauseous for a little bit too. My stomach is knotted, I'm worrying about life/death/health. It's really horrible.
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Re: mornings
« Reply #9 on: June 25, 2013, 03:32:43 PM »
During my worst times with anxiety, the mornings have been, bar none, the most difficult part of my day.  I would wake up with an immediate knot in my stomach, heart racing (need to go to the bathroom), sort of shaky, etc.  In fact, in the past, it was always a harbinger of a bad anxiety episode/depression episode for me that I would start waking up for a string of mornings with that knot in my stomach.   It would sometimes happen before the episode became full blown - almost like a warning signal.  And, yet, by the end of the day, I would usually feel much better and my body not as keyed up (depending on how severe the anxiety episodes was at that time).

I remember asking my psychiatrist at the time what it is about morning anxiety that makes it seem like a very predictable aspect of an anxiety disorder.  He said that if we are able to sleep with some semblance of peace, when we wake up it's like a shock to an overly nervous system to come back into consciousness after being somewhat relaxed (if that was even possible) during sleep.  Kind of like a glass of cold water in the face.   
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Re: mornings
« Reply #10 on: June 26, 2013, 01:59:27 AM »
yes.i m waking up and i m trying to find out what is wrong with my body and if my the premenant symptoms are still here.they are always here so...
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Re: mornings
« Reply #11 on: June 26, 2013, 02:12:14 AM »
Sounds like me.  Morning here and just woke up in the usual panic.  How will my bowels be, am I better, am I worse. I'm never better.  Its always panic.  Shoved a diazepam in my mouth to make me able to get myself together to get the kids organised for school.
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